Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in a mass murder in Isla Vista in May, will be the guest of U.S. Rep. Lois Capps at the State of the Union address Tuesday.
Martinez is the father of UC Santa Barbara student Christopher Michaels Martinez of Los Osos — one of six people killed May 23 during a killing spree in Isla Vista. Coinciding with the State of the Union speech, Capps, D-Santa Barbara, will reintroduce a bill called the Pause for Safety Act to improve laws to reduce gun violence.
The bill would promote policies that allow family members to go to a court to seek a “gun violence prevention order” to temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun. Last year, a similar bill was signed into law in California.
Martinez gained national attention after his son’s murder by pleading for help in ending gun violence. He developed the slogan “Not One More,” which has gone viral on Twitter and other social media outlets.
“This past May, I vowed to honor the life of my son, Christopher Ross Michaels Martinez, by fighting for gun safety measures that will help save lives,” he said.
While in Washington, Martinez will urge legislators from both sides of the aisle to support common-sense gun laws. Capps said the State of the Union address is an important time to highlight the issue of gun safety.
“Mr. Martinez has dedicated his life to making sure that not one more family has to endure the pain he has,” Capps said.